Court sacks Adamawa acting governor, halts by-election


FintiriThe Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umar Fintiri, to vacate office immediately.

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to stop the October 11 Adamawa governorship by-election.

Justice Ademola Adeniyi also mandated the state chief judge to swear in former Deputy Governor Bala Ngilari as the substantive governor.

He ruled that the alleged resignation of Ngilari on July 14, 2014 was invalid, null and void as it breached the provisions of sections 306(1), (2) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution because it was addressed to the Speaker and acted upon by the House of Assembly.

Ngilari, through his lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, had submitted that by virtue of section 191 (1) of the 1999 Constitution that after the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako, that he, Ngilari being the next in the line of succession should have been inaugurated as governor.

The former deputy governor further deposed that the assertion that he resigned his position as deputy governor was untenable given the claim by the House of Assembly that he, Ngilari resigned in a letter addressed to the speaker of the House of Assembly.

Ngilari had relied on section 306 (1), (2) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), that his resignation from office as deputy governor could only be addressed to the substantive governor at that time who he claimed was Nyako.

Nyako, in his submission to the court had also claimed that he did not accept the purported resignation of Ngilari as deputy governor.